World Cup Nuggets Day 11

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The bias towards goals in the second half of matches has continued with all Wednesday’s seven goals coming after half-time so now 65 of the total of 95 have come in 2nd half, a ratio of 68%.


Australia qualified for the Last 16 for the first time since 2006 and with their second win in Group D against Denmark they doubled their World Cup victory tally. Denmark limped out of the tournament with just one goal and one point, since scoring nine in their first three matches in 1986 they have scored 22 in the following 20.


Wahbi Khazri scored the only goal of the game and in so doing notched his third World Cup goal, no other Tunisian has scored more than one. France lost their first World Cup match in ten and now Brazil are the only side in Qatar with a 100% record.


Lionel Messi’s penalty conversion rate took a further hit as Szczesny dived to his left to claw away his effort in the first half. In failing to score he became only the second player since 1966 to miss two penalties in regulation time alongside Ghana’s Asamoah Gyan. Argentina went on to win 2-0 and top Group C despite their opening loss to Saudi Arabia.


Briefly Mexico believed they had overtaken Poland in the scramble to second place in Group C, but Antuna’s effort in 87th minute was ruled out for offside and their hopes were finally extinguished by a Saudi goal in 95th minute. In a way it was a relief that they conceded that goal as otherwise they would have gone out on the Fair Play quotient of having collected seven yellow cards to Poland’s five.

Published by richardfoster60

Author, broadcaster, historian, journalist. A regular contributor to the Guardian, Sky Sports and talkSPORT, my latest book is highly acclaimed Premier League Nuggets - "brilliantly written" - Darren Fletcher, "I love Premier League Nuggets" - Guy Mowbray, "the book is a labour of love" - Peter Drury.

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